The Devil in Denim

The Devil in Denim

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Maggie Jameson has grown up around the Chicago Saints baseball team, and always dreamed of the day when her father would pass on his position as franchise owner to her. For Maggie, it's not just about business, but about a love for the team, the fans, the game, and all that is wrapped up in the history of the Saints. When her father sells the team to Alex Winters, Maggie is shocked. Sure that Alex is a soulless businessman who will turn the franchise into an equally soulless moneymaking machine, Maggie reluctantly agrees to stay on and work with him, if only to prevent the Saints from falling to such a fate. As Maggie and Alex struggle to work together while also fighting their growing mutual attraction, Maggie learns the secrets behind why her father sold the team, as well as why there may be more to Alex Winters than she thinks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 105 x 171 x 22mm | 158.76g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250040426
  • 9781250040428
  • 578,915

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"Sexy, well-written, layered and engaging. Emotional intensity and dynamic conflict combined with a lively setting make this baseball-themed romance a hit." --Kirkus Reviews

"Scott's strong debut contemporary kicks off a baseball-themed series with a bang. . . . Scott does a fine job of balancing sports and passion, giving readers plenty to look forward to the next installment in the series." --Publishers Weekly
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About Melanie Scott

MELANIE SCOTT, who also writes as M.J. Scott, grew up in a family of avid readers who fostered her love of words. A long time reader of fantasy and romance, it was inevitable that her own stories combine the two genres. Her unpublished novels have won a number of awards including the Romance Writers of Australia's Emerald Award and Valerie Parv Award and the Romance Writers of New Zealand's Clendon Award. She is a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart(R) Award. Shadow Kin, her debut novel, won praise from three New York Times bestselling authors. All three books in her Half-Light City series have been finalists in the Australian Romance Readers Association Awards. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she distracts herself with books, cats, and yarn when she's not writing.
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2 7% (69)
1 2% (24)

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Major League Baseball is in Maggie�¢??s blood, from her childhood requests to hold her birthday parties on the diamond to her college pursuit of the degree that would allow her to take the helm with her dad and run the team he owns. But all that�¢??s swept out from under her when the team is offered up for sale, and to make matters worse, the new owners are determined to use her popularity with the city and the fans to win the public�¢??s approval. Like she�¢??d willingly side with the devil who�¢??s buying away her birthright. Like it matters that he�¢??s the hottest man she�¢??s ever laid eyes on�¢?�¦ Judging Covers: Honestly? The cover is what made me take a second look, though I can�¢??t say I would have guessed it was a sports romance. But among all the other smiling, laughing, brooding, kissing couples on covers, this one just stood out. And it�¢??s not exactly a bad view, either, is it? The Verdict: The Devil in Denim has all the big standards for a contemporary romance. First, there�¢??s Alex, the incredibly hot, very rich businessman who oozes confidence and goes after what he wants. Then there�¢??s Maggie, the beautiful former tomboy who lives and breathes baseball while holding an impressive business degree. And then there�¢??s the initial conflict, the fact that Alex just bought the team Maggie should have been running and eventually inherited. They�¢??re both smart, stubborn, and insanely attracted to each other, not to mention completely at odds, so it�¢??s only a matter of time�¢?�¦ But I was initially a little torn when it came to my feelings for the characters. Maggie was pretty awesome, a sports fanatic who didn�¢??t eschew all things feminine, a woman who could bat better than most men, and the good girl that the fans dubbed �¢??Saint Maggie.�¢?? But for all her strength, she seemed so easily manipulated by Alex, first in pasting on a smile for the press conference, then in attending the team party, and then under the mistletoe. And that�¢??s kind of where I decided that Alex was a *******. I couldn�¢??t blame him for trying to finagle a kiss under the mistletoe, but when Maggie repeatedly resisted and he just was so irritatingly insistent, I really wanted her to whip out the rape whistle, mace him, and file a police report. I imagine the intent was for Alex to be persuasive and Maggie to simply be overwhelmed by his looks and charm and bucket of perfection, but instead it read like a sexual harassment suit waiting to happen. Oh, and after all that? Maggie actually thought to herself at one point that Alex was a man who understands that no means no. Ummmm�¢?�¦huh? She�¢??d met him, right? And she wasn�¢??t on drugs? �¢??Cause I don�¢??t get it. And then, despite all she professed to the contrary, he talked her into �¢??taking it slow.�¢?? Which apparently meant getting completely naked. At that point, I honestly thought about finding something else to read. Fortunately, though, things picked up nicely from there. Once Alex was finished being all irritatingly pushy, and Maggie decided it was worth a shot, their easy banter got me interested again. And it wasn�¢??t that silly, one-liner stuff I usually find. You know how in most books, the characters who bring on the funny simply spout out a witty comeback, something perfectly placed but not necessarily reminiscent of how conversations play out in real life? Not so here. Maggie and Alex had real conversations and back-and-forth dialogue that just got funnier as it went, the kind that you can imagine happening with two people who are truly enjoying each other�¢??s company. It was a nice change, certainly, but it was also written better and more realistically than I usually find in romances. Of course, it also didn�¢??t hurt that Alex simply turned out to be a really good guy, albeit a bit too sure of himself, and when they turned up the heat�¢?�¦ hot damn! There was a second conflict, too, the one that made them question their relationship and put them at odds (as one should always expect in romance novels), and it really surprised me. I expected the main issue to be simply that Maggie�¢??s heart and mind (and body) were at war, and yes, that happened at first. But then there was something else cleverly tossed in, something that could have played to cliches but was instead written in a way that was much more interesting. Not only was I not expecting it, but it meshed seamlessly into the story and really had me wondering just how things were going to turn out. All in all, even with my initial frustration with the characters, I really enjoyed the The Devil in Denim. It�¢??s not an angsty read, and it has all the hallmarks of a typical contemporary romance, so it will certainly appeal to a lot of romance novel aficionados. But it also had that extra quality in writing style and plot development that sets it a bit apart and was strong enough to pull me back in when I was having my doubts, and I think that says something great about the talent behind it. And now? I can�¢??t wait to see what Angel in Armani is going to deliver. Any chance it�¢??s December yet? ***FicCentral received this book from St Martin's Press (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post more
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